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Rita Marley
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    (July 25, 1946- )
    Born in Santiago, Cuba
    Birth name is Alpharita Anderson
    Married to Bob Marley
    Mother of Ziggy Marley
    Member of the I-Threes, Bob Marley’s back-up singers
    Recorded the albums ‘Rita Marley’ (1980), ‘Who Feels It Knows It’ (1981), ‘We Must Carry On’ (1988), ‘One Draw’ (1990), ‘Sings Bob Marley… And Friends’ (2003) and ‘Sunshine After Rain’ (2005)
    Wrote the autobiography ‘No Woman, No Cry’ (2004)
    She had an eight month old daughter with another man when she began dating Marley.
    She converted to Rastafarianism after attending a state visit byHaile Selassie and spotting marks on his hand that she believed were the nail scars from Christ’s crucifixion.
    She then converted Bob to Rastafarianism.
    She raised the children Marley had with other women.
    Her pro-marijuana song ‘One Draw’ was banned by the BBC.
    She simultaneously rails against drug abuse and advocates legalizing marijuana.
    She was married to Marley for 35 years until his death.
    She was grazed by a bullet during an assassination attempt against her husband.
    She sponsored the education of 35 Ethiopian children orphaned by AIDS and war.
    Her albums combine spiritual messages with a sense of fun.

Credit: C. Fishel

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